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March 28, 2012

Blogger: Jeremy Childs

Hey guys! About a week ago I returned to Oxy from my incredible Alternative Spring Break trip to Odessa, Ukraine! Odessa is one of the largest municipalities in all of Ukraine, a major port city on the coast of the Black Sea with a population of over one million people! If you want to read about my trip to Odessa and how I was given the opportunity to go on it, read more after the jump.

I first heard about the Alternative Spring Break (ASB) program back in December of 2011 from a friend on the Executive Board of Occidental Hillel, the Jewish organization on campus. She told me that the Hillel at USC had started allowing students from Occidental to apply for a spot on their ASB trip to Odessa, Ukraine.  Not only that, but the price of the entire trip itself—plane tickets, transportation, hotel, food expenses, etc.—was lowered to only $700 for the week! I had never traveled outside the country before, and so the chance...

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March 27, 2012

Blogger: Marilyn Bran

So it's a week after Spring Break and I am already overloaded with work. The good thing is that it is mid semester which means we only have a few weeks until summer vacations! The bad thing is that it means finals are approaching..umm actually let's not think about that.

This weekend was Dance Production, one of Oxy's oldest tradition. It was my first time doing it and I was a nervous wreck the day of performance. My friends who had done Dance Pro before convinced me to join them and do it as well. I can say that I am glad I did it because it was such a great and fun experience. There were so many good dances that I wished I was in more than one. I was in the Hula dance, my roommate was one of the choreographers, so if I ever needed extra practice she was there. I had so much fun both nights and was excited to hear that for the first time ever, both days were SOLD OUT! I am kind of sad that it is over. Practices were fun, well we...

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March 26, 2012

Blogger: Chris Suzdak

Blyth Fund Circle

As we began interviews for new student directors to replace the departing seniors (including myself!), I found myself reminiscing about how this experience has shaped my Oxy career and post-Oxy outlook.

The Blyth Fund is a 14-member student-run investment portfolio with over $100,000 in real money. The Fund dates back to the 1970's when a donation was made to begin student investment funds at a select number of undergraduate institutions to foster the financial education that traditional liberal arts programs typically lack. The 14 Directors meet twice a week to discuss market news, review our holdings, present buy and sell proposals, and continually educate ourselves on finance.

My last presentation was a general overview of our Industrials sector, which...

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March 26, 2012

Blogger: Frances Power

I'm certain other people have been posting about Dance Production, especially since a very large portion of the student body took part in it. I wanted to write a post about it specifically because I was NOT involved.

Dance Pro is something I love about Oxy, not because I love dance in any particular way, but because of the enormous amount of student participation there is, both in the dances and in the audience. I went to Dance Pro on Friday night, and the house was SOLD OUT. That means probably 800 people attended on the first night; I don't know about Saturday, but I think it's WAY COOL that so many people like to see Dance Pro.

I know from trying to schedule use of the dance studio that each group of dancers meets once or twice a week for the entire year, not just this semester. All of the dancers in the production this weekend had been attending rehearsals since fall last year.

So, just so you know...going to Dance...

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March 25, 2012

Blogger: Aja Sanneh

Aja Morocco

hola a todos! i'm halfway through my abroad program in granada. we just got back from a 5 day trip to morocco.

we went to gibraltar, assilah, rabat, chefchaouen, the rif mountains, and tangier. we stayed a few nights with great host families, ate too much couscous and wonderfully spiced lamb, honey and bread, and learned a whole two words in the moroccan dialect of arabic--"thank you" and "i'm full"

i was raised in a muslim, northwest african home, so i didn't feel the same culture shock my peers did.  that said, one of the things that shocked me the most was not morocco, her people or customs--it was my classmates.

a classmate boasted, "at my college in the states, we wear the scarf thing once a year to really feel how...

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March 24, 2012

Blogger: Marisha Thakker

Bollywood 2012 celebration

Any Potterheads out there? This got stuck in my head along with all my Bollywood and hip-hop moves. Dance Production 2012 made history by selling out the ENTIRE show tonight! The crowd was loud, the dances were amazing and it reminded me why I love dancing so much. Thorne Hall (our main auditorium) seats almost nine hundred people, and we usually have a full house, but this year today's show actually sold every single seat, which is incredible. Being a choreographer has taught me so much. Leading a group of enthusiastic dancers at the beginning of...

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March 23, 2012

Blogger: Nicholas Conti

The Moor At Oxy

March 23, 2012

Blogger: Miranda Sieg

Hey gang, apologies for the length between posts. To reiterate and for those of you newly joining me, I am still on Winter Break! I'm technically studying abroad this semester, but I haven't actually left yet.

But my wait is (mostly) over! I will be leaving for Japan on April 5th, arriving late April 6th... and now I'm freaking out.

Is this trip to study in Japan the fulfillment of a childhood dream? Yes. Is it going to be super-awesome? Yes. Will I look back on it with fondness and longing...

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March 22, 2012

Blogger: Lisa Gilliland


Hello there! As most of you probably know, acceptance letters go out tomorrow! (Right? if not... oops :P) Anywho, good luck to everyone! Now on to a bit about my week... Seeing as this is the first week back from Spring Break it feels like time is moving half as fast as normal. It's only Wednesday and yet this is the first time I feel like I've had a chance to sit down and actually do something besides homework/softball/class/meetings since Monday! I personally like being busy - it keeps me awake and interested, but this is borderline chaotic!!! This week is I-week for my sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta. What this means is that the new girls who went through formal recruitment a few weeks ago will formally be initiated on SUNDAY!!! This is a super big deal and really exciting, but is also...

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March 22, 2012

Bloger: Kyle Beasley

Wow, spring break definitely went by a lot faster than I expected it too. After being spoiled with a five week winter break, I can’t really complain though. Over spring break I didn’t really do anything out of the ordinary. For the first couple of days I relaxed at home with my family and caught up all the sleep that I missed out on during the previous week due to term papers and such. I did get to catch up with a few of my other friends who were on spring break as well. I also attended a dance show over break, put on by my former high school. It was good to see old friends and all.  That’s about it for my spring break. Nothing special really happened. All my other time was spent preparing for my Kinesiology midterm coming up.

Now that I’m back on campus….

A few days ago, a couple friends and I decided to go to a local coffee shop called, Swork to study for a bit and just catch up with each other. It...

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